Impressive Mookite Jasper Carving of a Rooster--"The Strutting Peacock of the Chinese Zodiac"
Lot 1065W
Impressive Mookite Jasper Carving of a Rooster--"The Strutting Peacock of the Chinese Zodiac"
Sold for US$ 62,500 inc. premium
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Impressive Mookite Jasper Carving of a Rooster--"The Strutting Peacock of the Chinese Zodiac"
By Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio
2014 is the year of the Rooster and this fine carving is sure to attract those born in this year. Quick thinkers who are practical and resourceful, they prefer to stick to what is tried and true rather than taking unnecessary risks. Keenly observant, it is difficult to slip anything past a Rooster, since they seem to have eyes in the backs of their heads! This quality can lead others to think the Rooster is psychic, but that's not generally the case; instead, this Sign enjoys a keen attention to detail that makes it a whiz at anything requiring close analysis. The present example is a fully life-sized lapidary figure, carved of an Australian variety of jasper known as Mookite, the rich natural variations in hues of the material are fully exploited to depict the impressive bird. With Russian black obsidian under plumage beneath the gold vermeil feathers, on gold vermeil feet. Raised on an oval black marble base. Height 23in

Footnotes

  • Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio follows a second-generation family tradition, begun by his father, in the creation of objets d'art.

    An engineer by profession, he grew up surrounded by artwork, sculptures, gemstones and minerals from around the world. Artists, master carvers and jewelers continuously visited and worked at their family studio in Lima, Peru during his formative years. Having recently spent a year in Paris specializing in the study of luxury goods, he now travels the world to bring a revolution of designs to their studio. Inspired by life experiences and nature following various visits to Africa, he has produced a "Wildlife Collection". Equally new to his body of work are Racing Car models, hand-made to scale in gemstones and gold. All of his works merge sculpting techniques with those of jewelry fabrication, and it is their unusual design work that separates them from traditional carving from Europe.

    Today, although his family travels around the world searching for the rarest gemstones to incorporate into their work, their studio specializes in carving ruby. The second hardest mineral after diamond, few artists have managed to successfully work with ruby since it requires a very advanced technique for both carving and polishing involving two or three times as many tools and time as other materials. His works are displayed in museums in the United States and Europe and enjoyed by private collectors around the world.

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